Colonel (Retd) John Doody

Industry Expert, British Computer Society

John Doody is Director of Interlocutor Services Limited, a company established in 2003 to promote Information Assurance and Cyber Security issues both nationally and internationally, the company offers a range of services including Marketing, Communications, Public Speaking, Strategy Reviews, Information Assurance and Information Technology, these services are geared to the strategic level within government and industry. Prior to this John served at CESG/GCHQ for 10 years in the appointment of Head of Information Assurance Customer Services. He has a wealth of knowledge across the whole spectrum of Information Assurance and Cyber Security. In this latter appointment he was a major contributor to CESG’s move to a commercial business footing. He also has a major role as a Non Executive Director to a security company as well as providing Strategic Advice to a number of major UK and US IT Security companies. John is a retired officer of the UK Royal Corps of Signals, a Corps in which he served for 33 years to the rank of Colonel.  He is a qualified engineer and has held a number of strategic engineering appointments in the UK Ministry of Defence including system support to PTARMIGAN and WAVELL, the army’s tactical communication and CIS systems, Director in the Procurement Executive as Project Manager for Army Electronic Warfare, Battlefield Target Engagement System (BATES), Air Defence CIS system (ADCIS) and WAVELL. John  has worked in the R&D environment working on Electronic Warfare Simulation.  John has chaired many international committees dealing with Information Assurance, communications and interoperability. John is well known on the national and international Information Assurance and Cyber Conference circuit where he has chaired many events and has given many talks on Cyber Information Assurance. He has delivered over 100 papers on Security.  He is a past President and Vice-President of AFCEA UK WEST Chapter and served as a Member at large for AFCEA London in the early 90s. He is also a member of the BCS Community of Security Expertise.

John is well know in the Cyber and Information Assurance domain having had 59 years’ experience in defence, government and industry and brings a wealth of knowledge to the Cyber and Information Assurance debate.

He is a committed Cyber Security Evangelist

He was recently elevated to the Infosecurity Europe Hall of Fame.

Keynote speaker

Marcus Hutchins (Will not be speaking at this event


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Discovering the WannaCry ‘kill switch’ Q&A

Age:                      22

From:                   Ilfracombe, on the north Devon coast

Occupation:       Self-taught programmer working for Los Angeles-based Kryptos Logic

Interests:            His social media accounts are peppered with tweets about his love of surfing and views of the waves along the coast

2017 ransomware attack

In May 2017, Hutchins was credited with stopping the WannaCry ransomware attack from spreading across the globe by accidentally triggering a "kill switch". Large swathes of the NHS were paralysed by the cyber attack, which hit 200,000 victims in 150 countries around the world.

He said: "I'm definitely not a hero. I'm just someone doing my bit to stop botnets."


Jason Albuery

Data Protection Officer, Wiggle Ltd

With over 15 years experience in IT with delivering changes into challenging environments.  Now as the Group Data Protection Officer for Wiggle I am accountable for cyber security and data privacy issues, ensuring the appropriate internal governance and guidance is in place.  Defining and delivering a data protection vision and strategy, providing advice, guidance and direction on all data protection matters to senior management and members of the board.  Preparing the enterprise for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as well as complying with the current Data Protection Laws and PCI DSS requirements.  Increasing the data protection awareness and compliance across the group through a repeatable cyber security education and training program. 


Tarun Samtani, CISSP

Group Cyber Security Advisor Findel Plc, Findel Plc

Tarun Samtani,CISSP is the Group Cyber Security Advisor for Findel Plc, Express-Gifts (multi-channel retailer) and Findel Education. Tarun holds over 17+ years of experience across various sectors like Telecommunications, ISP's, Financial Services, Gambling & Retail. Tarun has worked across UK, Europe, Asia & Middle East on different assignments. 


He has a wealth of experience in Cyber Security and is passionate about securing business information landscape. During the course of his career Tarun has been involved in the strategy & planning, design, architecture and implementation of a significant number of information security programmes. 


He has a passion for Cyber Security and enjoys sharing his experience. He also has a keen interest in helping out charities and non-profit board organisations fight cybercrime. His specialisations include strategy, planning through delivery of security programmes including Security Culture, Data Security and DLP & IAM programmes, 


He regularly addresses global audience on these and other topics. 



T: @Mi5Tarun

Keynote speaker

Andrew Tsonchev

Director of Cyber Analysis, Darktrace

Andrew is a technical specialist in cyber security and threat analysis, with expertise understanding network monitoring and advanced threat detection. Before joining Darktrace, Andrew worked as a Security Researcher at Cisco Systems analyzing vast data sets to uncover new trends and developments in the threat landscape. His findings have been widely reported in leading media outlets, including PC World, CRN, SecurityWeek, TripWire, and the New York Times. He holds a first class degree in physics from Oxford University, and a first class degree in philosophy from King’s College London.


Suleman Malik

Researcher, Linkedin

Suleman Malik is an Independent security researcher and author, where he specializes in web application security, IOS and android application security. He has reported so many security issues under the industry practice of coordinated disclosure and listed in 50+ halls of fame including Google, Microsoft, Intel, Sony, LinkedIn, Blackberry, Apple, Oracle, Huawei, Department of defense and so on.  He has been featured in top cyber security magazines including hakin9 & Pentest magazine and also has declared among top ten high paid security researchers in the world. HackerOne CEO also has acknowledged his work and invited him to visit the United State of America. Donald Freese, the director of cyber crime unit NCIJTF – FBI, has endorsed his skills. Suleman is currently full time student and working toward his degree in computer forensic and security.


Junaid Farooqui

Security Consultant (MSc. Information Security, CISSP, TOGAF, PRINCE2 CCNA, MCSE), Metro Bank

He is an experienced Cyber Security Architect and Consultant, working for last 20 years in various sectors like Banking, Insurance, Transport, Health, Local Authorities, Utility, Media and Automobile

Coming from an engineering background he made his way up to acquire knowledge and expertise in the field of IT and Cyber Security to provide solutions and advice for complex business requirements.

He has got MSc degree in Information Security and also hold CISSP certification. He has other certification such as TOGAF, PRINCE, and ITIL as he believes from his practical experience that security cannot be implemented without understanding various organizational business and IT function.


Alan Calder

Founder and CEO, IT Governance

Alan Calder is the founder and executive chairman of IT Governance. He is an acknowledged international cyber security guru and a leading author on information security and IT governance issues.


Jennie Williams

Cyber Protect Office, Regional Cyber Crime Unit

Jennie Williams is a Cyber Protect Officer at TITAN, the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit.  Her role involves working with business, education and the general public to raise awareness of the potential risk and impact of Cyber Crime along with the simple steps that can be taken to prevent becoming a victim.


Matt Little

CTO, ZoneFox

Matt Little is the CTO at ZoneFox after previously working in the hi-tech software, consultancy and financial services sectors for over 15 years. He has a BSc Honours degree in Computer Science, and with his experience he brings a strong strategic and management focus to the engineering team.

Seminar speaker

Mark Penny

PKI Security Consultant, Thales Advanced Solutions Group, Thales, Thales

Mark is a PKI Security Consultant working for the Advanced Solutions Group in EMEA at Thales e-Security. With over 15 years of experience in the information security arena, Mark assists customers in designing, building and deploying PKI solutions for a variety of purposes using Thales Hardware Security Modules (HSMs) for cryptographic key management, storage and protection. Mark has wide ranging consulting experience with customers in a variety of sectors including banking, health, service provision, utilities, IT and academia.

Prior to working for Thales, Mark worked for the NHS in England as a Principal Security Specialist. During his 8 years with the NHS, Mark worked on all aspects of the 1.3m user NHS PKI which issues credentials used by healthcare professionals for accessing national IT systems used by the NHS for patient care. Mark's experience encompasses all aspects of cryptography and PKI from governance, high level design work, policy creation and process design to technical deployments, PKI migrations, analysis and accreditation.

Mark has collaborated on papers for the Cloud Security Alliance and European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) on cryptography and cloud computing. He holds an MSc in Software Development from Coventry University as well as various security industry certifications.

Seminar speaker

Dirk Schrader, CISSP, CISM

Chief Marketing Officer, Greenbone Networks

Dirk is convinced that security in IT works best as a resilient, thought-out process; because the promise of absolute security provided by a single product can never be kept. IT security is connected to so many mechanisms and tasks in a business that solutions must be developed as a component, as part of a comprehensive approach. With a focus on integration and automation of security tools, Dirk works at Greenbone Networks in Germany, serving as CMO. Holding certifications such as CISSP and CISM, Dirk has been working in the IT security field for more than 20 years in various technical and sales positions in large and medium-sized enterprises globally.


Dr James Blake

Global Strategist, Micro Focus Cyber Defense Consulting

Dr James Blake is the Global Strategist for HPE Cyber Defense Consulting and was the former Head of Global Cyber Security Operational Integration for JPMorgan & Chase.  Prior to JPMorgan, James was the Chief Information Security Officer for one of Europe’s largest Software-as-a-Service vendors and is the former SOC Manager for a large international telecommunications company.

Keynote speaker

Clive Gladwin

Senior Principal Consultant, Symantec

Clive is a Senior Principal Consultant at Symantec. He has worked in the IT industry for more than 30 years and has operational experience in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining Symantec he was the IM Security Manager at Transport for London (TfL). During his time at TfL he was responsible for managing day to day operational security as well as providing security assurance services to projects. One of the highlights of his time at TfL was the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Clive was responsible for Olympic readiness in relation to cyber-attacks against core IT systems for the corporate business unit and he managed the operational security team throughout the games period. Prior to working at TfL he spent 22 years with Computacenter, much of this in security related roles.

Seminar speaker

Steven Broadwell

Senior Principal Security Engineer, Symantec

Steve is a Senior Principal Security Engineer at Symantec who, as a subject matter expert regularly engages with large global companies to deliver technical security briefings on threat and information protection throughout the Cyber landscape.   

He has over 18 years experience in supporting, securing, designing and creating successful solutions that deliver value to customers in different industries throughout the world.

Seminar speaker

Matt Walmsley

EMEA Director, Vectra Network

Matt Walmsley is EMEA Director at Vectra Networks. Matt has over 25 years’ experience in helping organisations deploy and secure their network infrastructure having worked in a variety of pre-sales consultancy and technical marketing roles for global technology companies such as Endace, Hewlett Packard and 3Com. A self-professed “network guy” Matt joined Vectra Networks with a remit to help organizations transform their security response capabilities by using AI powered advanced threat detection solutions. Matt is based in the United Kingdom, and holds a Masters in Business Administration.


Daniel Selman

Acting Data Protection Officer, Informa

Following a degree in Politics Daniel trained as a librarian and worked in academic and media libraries before joining the MOD. After managing a number of internet and intranet projects he moved, in 2008, into the world of Information Assurance / Data Protection jointly leading a new team set up to implement the recommendations from the Data Handling Review and Burton Report. He developed a particular focus on incident management, policy formation and industry engagement and extended all of these into the emerging cyber threats. Two years as Chief of Staff to the Defence CIO followed before a final role in MOD leading the cyber industry and information security policy team. In November 2016 he joined Direct Line Group as Head of Data Protection and Privacy where he shaped the emerging GDPR Programme as well as leading the team delivering day-to-day data protection, privacy and information management before joining Informa as Acting Group Data Protection Officer.

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